This trip generally involves an average of 4 – 5 hours slow but steady walk in a day. This rating is for less than 7 days walk below 3500 meters.
The tour is designed for those with less time. It is a full and very interesting tour providing the best locations for bird spotting in the time available. We stay at three different destinations around Kathmandu including two hill resorts outside of the Kathmandu valley renowned for their variety of birds.
Langtang Ri Trekking & expedition representative will greet you in an airport & transfer you to hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
This day after breakfast we will enjoy bird watching at Phulchowki . Phulchowki is another model place , with a Redheaded Trojan, a very rate bird sighted there in April 2002 it was last seen in Nepal 42 years ago. Phulchowki is 2735m and 15kms southeast of Kathmandu. Walking will be start from behind the Godawari Gardens, with a mixture of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring excellent flora as well as diverse birds. About 88 sorts have been recorded in this place including the common spring babbler, also the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot Bill, to name a few.
We drive Buddhanilakantha, & hike to Shivapuri newest National Park the, there bird-observation which is at 8 km north of Kathmandu & about 20 minutes from Budhanikantha Temple up Two other places of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 1okm north of the city, and Nagarjun in the North West . Shiva puri we will be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. Some of the birds in the places are the Laughing Thrush, Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, , and Babblers. At Nagarjun at 2095m pheasants, magpies and ruby throats are found
After breakfast drive to Nagarkot( 2,175m), Nagarkot is the second highest point on the valley rim. This hilltop resort is 32 km north east of Tribhuvwan International airport. It has grown into a popular resort to getaway far from the hustle-bustle of the city centre. Only an hour’s drive from the Kathmandu downtown, you are soon far from the heat, dust, smoke and maddening crowd of Kathmandu with nothing to distract you from the pleasures of fresh breeze of the rural countryside. For those who wish to spend more than one night in Nagarkot, there is plenty more activities to keep you occupied. Here, you can savour the beauty of majestic mountains under comfort and quiet. Or if you wish you can do pony-riding, a visit to Tamang village, bird-watching, meditation and yoga, hiking etc.
After breakfast, bird watching trip is done as Nagarkot is also home to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom. Recorded by bird scholars about 200 different species of birds made this region home for their living permanently and partially. Some of the birds in the places are the Laughing Thrush, Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Babblers, pheasants, magpies and ruby throats are found here.
After breakfast , drive to Dhulikhel, another interesting place. It is just 30km far from Kathmandu. it is popular as a Himalaya view point. For those nature lovers among us, bird watching is one of the natural pleasures gifted to us in this pristine environment. The surrounding gardens are blessed with plants and scrub that attract a diverse range of birds native to the area.
After breakfast , just pull up a chair in one of secluded garden alcoves and sit back and watch birds ranging from, Miners,Finches, Wrastlers, Baulblers, Birds of Paradise, Wood Peckers, Lesser Himalayan Eagles, small Hawks and a variety of Wrens. If you want to explore more than walk around the local village to point out the bird species . After lunch drive back to Kathmandu.
The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds. Though Kathmandu valley has four major bird watching areas and one can launch on the banks of the Bagmati and Manohara rivers. Birds sighted along there rivers are the Egrets, herons, Kingfishers, Ibis bill, Wood Sandpipers and Plovers. The Chovar Gorge is particularly recommended as an area for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged their presence. Harbouring 40 species of birds mostly dependent on wetlands, Taudaha, a lake on the way to Dakshinkali, attracts flocks of migrant birds.
This day is free day on your own , you can explore some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for those back home. In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted, with this amazing Himalayan adventure.
Duration: 10 days
Best Time to go: Mar – May, Sep – Nov
Group Size: Min 2 pax
Transportation: Private vehicle / Flight